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Reviewed March 23, 2016
What You'll Get
Captain America once said, "'Twas music that soothed the savage beast." Although he was talking about his short-lived nemesis Dr. Angry Parakeet, it's just as true for animals of the human persuasion. Soothe savage insides with today's Groupon. For $66, you get one season ticket (a $132 value) to the Tucson Symphony Orchestra's Masterworks Concert Series at the St. Andrew's Presybterian Church. This season ticket entitles you to section B seating at the following four concerts:
- Stars of the Symphony on Friday, November 5 at 8 p.m.
- Marvelous Mozart on Friday, January 7 at 8 p.m.
- Schumann Romance on Friday, February 4 at 8 p.m.
- Virtuoso Violin & Haydn on Friday, March 4 at 8 p.m.
Under the baton of conductor George Hanson, the TSO's string, brass, and wind ensembles will kick off the concert series with Stars of the Symphony, which showcases a glittering array of chamber gems that culminates in Handel's jubilant Concerto Grosso, Op. 6, No. 12 in B minor. Marvelous Mozart celebrates the genius of Mozart in non-synthesized fashion with his instantly recognizable "Eine kleine Nachtmusik" before closing with the graceful complexity of Wolfgang Amadeus' Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, which he composed shortly after springing fully formed from his father's head. Schumann Romance focuses on the husband-and-wife team of Robert and Clara Schumann, particularly Robert's famous Overture, Scherzo & Finale, Op. 52 and piano concerto. Pianist Elizabeth Joy Roe will juxtapose Robert's energetic concerto with Clara's more playful, elegant Piano Trio in A Minor. The season closes with Virtuoso Violin & Haydn as concertmaster Aaron Boyd dazzle audiences with the soaring stringsmanship of Beethoven's Coriolan overture, Vieuxtemps' brilliant Violin Concerto, and Haydn's joyous 92nd Symphony (the Oxford).
During an hour before each concert's performance, assorted audiophiles and budding classical groupies will get to chat with maestro George Hanson, who will happily offer historical context to each concert's programme, answer any questions about its composers, and politely decline requests to play Free Bird. Besides supporting the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance—which promotes a wide variety of events each year involving local musicians and luminaries—today's Groupon lets you fill your aural orifices with transcendent music that stands the test of time, unlike most full-sized butter recreations of Angkor Wat.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Nov 6, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 4 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Reservation recommended. Valid for section B only. No exchanges or resale. No cash back. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.